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Census Bureau Tip Sheet

A product of the U.S. Census Bureau's Public Information Office

Nov. 30, 2012 TP12-24


2010 Census

Summary Population and Housing Characteristics Reports (CPH-1) — This report series contains tables on age, sex, race, Hispanic or Latino origin, households, families, housing tenure and occupancy, population density and area measurements. The lowest level of geography is the place level. There is a report produced for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the United States. The reports are being released on a state-by-state basis. Reports have been released for several states so far and can be found at <>.

Centenarians: 2010 — A special report provides an updated portrait of centenarians from the 2010 Census. Characteristics include: age, sex, race, Hispanic origin and living arrangements. Additional information is provided on the geographic distribution of centenarians as well as special data quality considerations. (Scheduled for release Dec. 10.)

2010 Census American Indian and Alaska Native Summary File — This summary file provides detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for more than 1,500 American Indian and Alaska Native tribal groupings, specific American Indian tribes and specific Alaska Native villages. These statistics are available for a variety of geographic areas. However, only geographic entities with a population of at least 100 for the specified group are available. The summary file has the largest number of American Indian and Alaska Native iteration groups of any Census Bureau data product released and adds a new layer of detail to the population and housing topics previously released from the census. Additionally, for the first time, the summary file includes detailed information on individual Central American, South American and Mexican-American indigenous groups. (A technical webinar is scheduled for Dec.10; media embargo begins Dec. 11; public release Dec. 13.)


American Community Survey Five-Year Estimates: 2007-2011 — The only statistics on a wealth of demographic and socioeconomic measures for all geographic areas down to the block group level. These measures include education, occupation and language, to name just a few. The Census Bureau issues new sets of these five-year estimates every year; they are ideal for tracking trends over time for areas with populations of less than 20,000, which are not covered in any other round of estimates. (A technical webinar is scheduled for Dec. 3; media embargo begins Dec. 4; public release Dec. 6.)

Migration Products — Four sets of statistics addressing migration and mobility are being released simultaneously. This includes Geographical Mobility: 2012 and Geographic Mobility 2005-2010, a collection of national and local level tables from the Current Population Survey that describe the movement of people in the Unites States, including why they moved, types of moves, distance moved and characteristics of those who moved in the year prior to the survey. Along with the 2012 tables package, we will release for the first time data visualization charts and graphs that will include historical trends. The other set being released include 2011 American Community Survey state-to-state migration flow tables, showing number of people moving between each different pair of states. (Scheduled for release Dec. 10.)

Population and Housing Unit Estimates: July 1, 2011 — Population estimates will soon be available on American FactFinder for the nation, states, metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas, counties, Puerto Rico municipios, and for incorporated places and minor civil divisions. Estimates for some of these areas include components of change since the 2010 Census (births, deaths, and migration), as well as demographic characteristics (age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin). Housing unit estimates will be available for states and counties. The estimates were originally released on the Population Estimates website at National and state total population estimates were released on American FactFinder on October 25, 2012. (Scheduled for release in mid-December.)

State Population Estimates: July 1, 2012 — Internet tables will show July 1, 2012, population estimates and components of change for the nation, states and Puerto Rico. Changes in the previous year, as well as since the 2010 Census, are examined. (Scheduled for release Dec. 20.)

New Year's Day Population — The Census Bureau will ring in the year with its annual projection of the nation's population for Jan. 1, 2013. The release will include birth, death and net international migration rates. (Scheduled for release Dec. 27.)

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates: 2011 — Available for roughly 3,140 counties and nearly 14,000 school districts, these statistics represent the only current, single-year income and poverty estimates available for all sizes of counties and school districts. (Scheduled for release in mid-December.)

U.S. Population Projections: 2012-2060 — What will our nation look like 50 years down the road? The answer will be revealed by these projections of the nation's population by age, race, and Hispanic origin. The first set of Census Bureau population projections based on the 2010 Census, they go to the year 2060. (Scheduled for release in mid-December.)


Survey of Market Absorption: 3rd Quarter 2012 — The Survey of Market Absorption, sponsored by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, uses the Census Bureau's Survey of Construction as its sampling base. Each month, a sample of residential buildings containing five or more units is selected for the survey. The initial three-month interview collects information on amenities, rent or sales price levels, number of units, type of building and the number of units taken off the market (absorbed). Field representatives conduct subsequent interviews, if necessary, at six, nine and 12 months after completion.

These quarterly reports are generally available the first week of March, June, September and December. Additionally, statistics on absorption rates for selected metropolitan areas are also released on the Internet at the same time. For more information, please visit <>. (Scheduled for release on Dec. 3.)

State Government Finances: 2011 — Annual statistics show detailed summaries of state revenue (such as taxes, federal aid and lottery receipts), expenditures (such as public welfare, highways, and parks and recreation), indebtedness and assets. (Scheduled for release on Dec. 6.)

Summary of State and Local Government Tax Revenue: 3rd Quarter 2012 — This summary shows quarterly tax revenue statistics on property, sales, license, income and other taxes. Statistics are shown for individual state governments as well as national estimates of total state and local taxes, including 12-month calculations. This quarterly survey has been conducted continuously since 1962. (Scheduled for release on Dec. 18.)

National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation Final U.S. Report — Results from one of the oldest continuing and most comprehensive recreation surveys. Includes information on the number of anglers, hunters and wildlife watchers, as well as how often they participate and how much they spend on their activities in the U.S. (Scheduled for release in early December.)

Facts for Features

2011 Holiday Season — To commemorate this time of year, the Census Bureau is releasing a collection of facts and figures related to Christmas (Dec. 25), Hanukkah (Dec. 1) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). (Scheduled for release in December).



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for December — Upcoming segments include not only green with summer's here in “Christmas Trees” (Dec. 7) and desperation measures in “Last Minute Shopping” (Dec. 24).

The daily features are available at <>, with download options for MP3 (including podcast subscription) and WAV or zip files for the entire month (MP3).

“America by the Numbers” on C-SPAN's “Washington Journal” — Tune in each Friday morning to C-SPAN's "America by the Numbers" for insight into key official statistics from the Census Bureau and other statistical agencies. Poverty, childbearing, education, health, the economy - topics discussed focus on the key issues of the day. The program highlights the trends and allows the public to call in or email their views. More information is available at <>.


Stay Connected to the Economy with Census Bureau Mobile App — Every week, the Department of Commerce releases key Census Bureau economic indicators. Get the latest business news on the go as it is released through the Census Bureau's free, easy-to-use mobile app, “America's Economy,” available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

Recently Released

(Released since Nov. 16, 2012)

Maryland Software Developer Wins Census Bureau's Return Rate Challenge — Nov. 20 — Internet address: <>.

2010 Census

Demographic Profiles of the Island Areas: 2010 Census — The demographic profile summary files for the Island Areas include demographic, social, economic and housing tables available at the state, county, county subdivision and place levels for the three Pacific Island Areas — American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam — and at the state, county, county subdivision, place and estate levels for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The demographic profile is in a summary file ASCII format. Also provided is a Microsoft Access database used to import the data, along with detailed instructions. In the coming months, the demographic profiles for the Island Areas will be available on the Census Bureau's American FactFinder website.

More information can be found at <>.

American Community Survey

2006-2010 American Community Survey Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation — Nov. 29 — This tabulation, based on five years of American Community Survey data, highlights the diversity of the labor force (by sex and race/ethnicity) across several variables including detailed occupations, industry, earnings, citizenship, education, age, employment status, residence and worksite geographies for the nation, states, metro and micro areas, counties and places. These tables serve as the primary external benchmark for comparing the race, ethnicity and sex composition of an organization's internal workforce and similar external labor market within a specified geography and job category. The Census Bureau produces this tabulation for four sponsoring federal agencies: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Labor and Office of Personnel Management. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Brief: Poverty and Shared Households by State: 2011 — Nov. 28 — Explores the growth in shared households at the state level between 2007 and 2011. (These are households that contain an “additional adult” — a resident 18 and older who is neither the householder's spouse, nor the householder's cohabiting partner.) The brief also explores whether household sharing is influenced by economic circumstances by comparing three different poverty estimates. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Brief: Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households by State: 2010 and 2011 — Nov. 28 — Presents information on the number and percent of households receiving such benefits during the past 12 months as of the 2011 and 2010 American Community Survey for the nation and states. Internet address: <>.

American Community Survey Brief: Public Assistance Receipt in the Past 12 Months for Households: 2010 and 2011 — Nov. 28 — Presents statistics for the nation and states on the number and percent of households who received such benefits during the past 12 months as of the 2011 and 2010 American Community Survey. Internet address: <>.


Current Population Survey: 2011 — Nov. 28 — The tables include detailed statistics about five-year age groups by sex, the 55-and-older population, the Hispanic population, the black population and the Asian population. The tables provide a wide range of social, economic and housing characteristics, such as marital status, educational attainment, nativity, employment status, occupation, poverty and housing tenure. The Current Population Survey, which has been conducted since 1940, is sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is the primary source of the nation's labor force statistics and provides understanding of labor market conditions. Internet addresses:

Asian Population (Main Page)
The Asian Alone Population in the United States: 2011
The Asian Alone or in Combination Population in the United States: 2011

Black Population (Main Page)
The Black Alone Population in the United States: 2011
The Black Alone or in Combination Population in the United States: 2011

Hispanic Population (Main Page)
The Hispanic Population in the United States: 2011

CPS Data on Age and Sex (Main Page)
The Older Population in the United States: 2011
Age and Sex Composition in the United States: 2011


Quarterly Workforce Indicators — Nov. 28 — This brief draws on newly available data from the Quarterly Workforce Indicators, which includes information on firm age and size from the Business Dynamics Statistics microdata. The brief highlights statistics on hiring, turnover and wages at young businesses, finding that despite high worker turnover at young firms, the share of hires that increase net employment is higher at young firms relative to established businesses. The report also documents a decline in the relative wages paid to workers at young businesses, a decline partly explained by changes in the industry composition of young firms.

The Quarterly Workforce Indicators are generated from federal and state administrative data on employers and employees combined with core Census Bureau censuses and surveys to produce a rich, quarterly dataset that tracks employment, hires, separations, job creation and destruction, and wages for stable employees and new hires. While the importance of young firms in net job creation is well documented from establishment-level data (particularly Business Dynamics Statistics), the addition of firm age and size information to the jobs data in the Quarterly Workforce Indicators allows for the first time examination of the workforce dynamics — hiring, turnover, wages — as well as the demographic makeup of workers at young businesses.

The Business Dynamics Statistics results from collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau's Center for Economic Studies and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest American nonprofit organization that focuses on entrepreneurship.

More information on the Quarterly Workforce Indicators can be found at <> and more information on Business Dynamics Statistics can be found at <>.



Profile America and Al Día (Spanish) for November — Profile America segments included all that jazz in “Saxophones” (Nov. 19) and an apple a day in “Americans Visit Doctor Less” (Nov. 28). Internet address: <>.


Track Our Economy Through the Census Bureau’s Mobile App — Nov. 26 — Check out the Census Bureau’s mobile app, “America’s Economy” for several key economic indicators this week. The Department of Commerce released two Census Bureau economic indicators: Advance Report on Durable Goods Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders for October 2012 (Nov. 27) and New Residential Sales for October 2012 (Nov. 28). In addition, the Commerce Department released two indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Gross Domestic Product for the third quarter of 2012 (second estimate, Nov. 29) and Personal Income and Outlays for October 2012 (Nov. 30). Get the news on the go as it is released through “America’s Economy,” the Census Bureau’s free, easy-to-use mobile app, available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

Follow Residential Construction Through the Census Bureau’s Mobile App — Nov. 19 — This week the Department of Commerce released a key monthly Census Bureau economic indicator: New Residential Construction (Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Housing Completions) for October 2012 (Nov. 20). Get the news on the go as it is released through the Census Bureau’s free, easy-to-use mobile app, “America’s Economy,” available for download for both Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app provides real-time updates for 16 key economic indicators from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. Internet address: <>.

News releases, reports, statistical tables and radio transcripts are available on the Public Information Office’s Web page at <>. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at 301-763-3030; or email <>.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: July 15, 2014